Fret12 Productions has announced the upcoming release of the fifth installment of the "The Sound And The Story" instructional-documentary guitar DVD series starring Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter Jim Root of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR.Since 1999, Jim Root has been cultivating a guitar sound and songwriting style that is markedly original and deeply influential. Entire musical movements have formed in the wake of the band's sound. A profusion of impassioned fans, noteworthy musicians, and signature products all take inspiration from Jim Root's approach to music, and Fret12 will be taking you even further into his creative persona. Fans will learn the origins of his style, the sounds that add up to create his signature tone, and the emotional story that has molded him into the musician he is today. "When Jim joined, it really became something very special, and I can remember being so excited for the future; because we had someone who could really play anything," said Corey Taylor, lead singer of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR. "The Sound And The Story" DVD series is quickly becoming known for featuring comprehensive guitar lessons taught by the artist — featuring fan-favorite songs. In this DVD, Jim teaches exactly how he plays some of his most memorable and challenging solos from both bands. Jim also teaches you how to play 11 complete songs: covering riffs, leads/overlays, effects-usage, and more! Paired with an artist-approved tab book, fans will get access to tutorials on guitar techniques and methods; backstage rig tours, live concert footage, and a private behind-the-scenes look at the life of Jim Root. Taylor and guitar technician Martin Connors also share stories and personal experiences they've had with Jim Root in a series of never-before-seen interviews! To pre-order the DVD, go to this location. Along with the DVD, fans can connect at Fret12.com; which offers a full online store catering to guitarists and guitar culture. Fret12 also features over 250 professional guitarist interviews and rig tours, tablature, and social platforms with active followings of guitar enthusiasts, musicians, and fans to interact and network with. In a 2011 interview with Roadrunner Records, Root stated about when he first start playing guitar: "My parents had an old nylon string acoustic guitar that I would mess around on, which, I think, had like two stings on it when I was, like, 12-13 years old and then I begged them from the time I was 12 until I was probably 14 or 15 for a guitar and they got me this Memphis — not any brand name or anything — like a Les Paul Jr. copy, like a double cut away. That was alright. Then I begged and begged and begged for a nice guitar and I got a bass, 'cause the person at the guitar shop told them that if I wanna learn guitar, that I gotta start with bass. I got a Cort bass it looked like a Fender P Bass and I did one bass lesson with that and Paul Wilson, the guy I did the bass lessons with, saw I had good dexterity and a good ear and I pretty much schooled the lesson so I went right out from the lesson, and was like, 'Eh, Dad... [laughs] I don't wanna play bass, I wanna play guitar, 'cause all my favorite guys play guitar. And then I got a Takamine electric guitar, so that was kind of, like, my first real quick guitar. My first real real guitar I had was a Charvel, model 1 and that was when I was 15, I think, I got that."
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